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Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (Genesis)

81
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

The Secret Of Shinobi=Calgon MasterMegid (897) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Ninjas should have better armor.... Majestic Lizard (655) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
My Shinobi Sense Is Tingling ETJB (447) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Shinobi comes out of retirement & is a brittle old man. Emperor MAR (2565) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
The one time you thought you dodged a shuriken... Ruz Kessler (2) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall MobyScore (29 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

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91
The Video Game Critic
This fine Shinobi sequel is often overlooked, but deserves more credit. Your job is to rescue hostages scattered over four stages set in downtown locations. Your ninja's main weapon is throwing stars, although he slashes with his sword when enemies are close enough. He can also use a limited number of magic attacks to wipe out all on-screen enemies. But the best feature of Shadow Dancer is the loyal dog who is always by your side. You can sic him on any enemy, which results in a struggle that provides you with an opportunity to attack. The dog effectively adds a strategic element to the action, allowing you to reach even the most elusive enemies from a safe distance. Shadow Dancer isn't a huge game, but it's very satisfying.
90
Joystick (French)
Alors oui, si il est vrai que Shadow Dancer est un tout petit peu moins bien que The Super Shinobi, il aura à coup sûr sa place dans le top cinq des Beat'Em Ups sur Megadrive.
90
Player One
Bon ! Il serait peut-être temps que Shinobi prennent sa retraite ! Shadow Dancer est un très bon jeu : bonne jouabilité, bande sonore de qualité, etc. Mais il ne retrouve pas la pêche et la fraîcheur de l'episode précédent. Cela respire le déjà vu. Ça nous fera tout de même patienter jusqu'à la sortie de Sonic the Hedgehog.
90
Hobby Consolas
Pese a este super masticado argumento, nos encontramos ante un prodigio de la técnica lúdica. Los gráficos cortarán tu respiración por unos instantes, al igual que el sonido, de lo mejorcito que hemos oído en la Megadrive. Pero lo que más nos ha sorprendido es la adicción que es capaz de crear desde la primera partida. Y es que este "Shadow Dancer" se las trae a todos los niveles.
88
1UP!
Shadow Dancer est moins contraignant que Revenge of Shinobi, bien plus facile d'accès, plus agréable à tous les niveaux. Il contient un nombre de séquences mémorables: New York qui brûle, le décor qui se fend sous une secousse, l'ascension en élévateur de la Statue de la Liberté, le bonus stage. Malheureusement, il est terriblement court et on a du mal à croire que Sega nous refasse le coup des demi-jeux de la Master System (enfin, chronologiquement, il en serait plutôt l'initiateur). C'est à ce point de vue que ça bloque. C'est un classique sans en être vraiment un, un bon jeu qui n'aura pas voulu faire l'effort d'être excellent. Combinez les qualités de Revenge of Shinobi et Shadow Dancer et vous auriez pu avoir une bombe. En général, ce genre d'alchimie nous renvoie au domaine du fantasme, mais dans le cas de Shinobi Sega eut le temps de fournir cet effort et d'offrir à la Mega Drive un troisième volet.
87
Shin Force
Although Shadow Dancer is way different than its arcade brother, any serious ninja action fan would not be without this game. It's not as good as The Revenge of Shinobi or Shinobi III, but it's a worthy game for your Genesis library. The only question is, why did Sega change the awesome artwork from the Japanese release?
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SegaFan.com
En conclusión, Shadow Dancer es un divertidísimo juego digno de la saga a la que pertenece. Como puntos negativos hay que señalar el anticuado aspecto técnico y la corta duración, pero a esta joyita lúdica se le perdona todo después de la primera partida: es extremadamente adictivo y te mantendrá pegado al pad hasta el final.
82
Raze
US Gold have done a fine job of the computer conversion. They have worked any hardware limitations on the quality of the background graphics to produce a game that stands up well to its arcade counterpart, both in looks and playability. The five frenetic levels are balanced just right. The early levels are short enough not to become a pain every time you play, but taxing enough to make you concentrate every step of the way. On the down side, Shadow Dancer is fairly old now and doesn't stand out from an already large number of similar ninja beat-'em-ups. Even so it is a good product and if you lack a Shinobi game, this could amply fill that gap in your collection.
82
Génération 4
Le jeu est particulièrement bien réalisé, avec des décors somptueux, et fait déjà un carton dans les boutiques. Il y a cinq niveaux différents, composés de trois sous-niveaux chacun, et le jeu comporte plusieurs degré de difficulté. Attention cependant, Shadow Dancer est un peu trop facile, et vous le terminerez en moins d'une semaine si vous êtes assez doué !
81
VicioJuegos.com
No es un título que haya entrado en el Olimpo de los juegos recordados y venerados por toda una generación, pero no deja de ser divertido y estar bien cuidado y ajustado en el control y la buena curva de dificultad. La variedad de ninjas está bien dispuesta y la inclusión del perro como compañero de fatigas es una característica bastante simpática y útil. Los escenarios recrean con acierto Nueva York y la estatua de la libertad, y las melodías nos acompañan en todo momento haciéndose notar pero sin molestar.
81
16bit
Cosa dire di più? Cosa non è stato detto di illuminante che potrebbe aprirvi le porte del download verso l'illuminante azione del tirare giù questa rom? Quale parola potrebbe descrivere meglio la meraviglia di trovarsi di fronte un titolo così divertente? Ma, soprattutto, come si chiama la sostanza che Omero somministra agli ignari redattori di 16 Bit? (hey Karat, ti avevo detto di non farne parola con nessuno! Hihi! ndOmero) (Ehi, chi vuole uuunirsi al paaaaaarty?? ndMDMaster). Queste e altre risposte le potrete trovare ordinando il tronchetto della felicità con proprietà magiche che vendo a soli 800Euro... D'ACCORDO????
80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Shinobi at it's best! Although swamped by the influx of Genesis carts, this game is a treat not be overlooked. The graphics are well drawn and animated, and the music is excellent. The only drawback to this cart is the lack of different ninja magic I loved in Revenge of Shinobi.
80
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA)
Étrangement différent de la version arcade, ce deuxième épisode des aventures de Shinobi sur MegaDrive même s'il demeure sans doute le moins bon des trois opus qui y sont disponibles reste un excellent titre, très difficile mais fun, il saura tenir en halène n'importe quel joueur devant sa télévision et mérite sa place sur n'importe quelle étagère de collectionneur entre The Revenge Of Shinobi et Shinobi III.
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Sega-16.com
It's a different pace from past games, but that's what Shadow Dancer was intended to be: pretty much a translation of the arcade gameplay. And as a result, it's a bit short...five levels total, being made of two short sub-areas and a boss. But the difficulty select and no-shuriken mode add to the challenge for long time fans. Shadow Dancer is one of those Genesis classics you should definitely get your hands on.
80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
While it was only the second game in the long running series, it's one of the best. It's a short ride, but in order to see it all, completing the hardest level will take some practice. The combination of classic gameplay, thundering soundtrack, and great graphics combine to make this one of the better platformers for the console.
80
VideoGame
Depois de ser derrotado em The Revenge of Shinobi, o segundo game da saga de Shinobi no Mega Drive, Neozeed retorna e transforma a cidade de Nova Iorque em um verdadeiro inferno. Shadow Dancer e seu cão foram treinados por descendentes dos mestres de Shinobi e são os únicos que podem destruir as terríveis forças de Neozeed. Neste incrível cartucho – que logo, poderá estar pintando por aqui – o ninja conta com a ajuda de seu fiel cão. Ela será indispensável.
78
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Shadow Dancer is an enjoyable enough martial arts romp, but nothing really shouts out at you when playing the game. The graphics have a scratchy look to them - at least your mutt wags its tails in reassuring obedience. The game is packed with furky oriental furies and jingles (19 to be precise), this music is complemented by 46 spot effects of standard originality and quality. Frustrated ninja's only need apply for this pne.
75
Video Games
Schade, daß das Ninja-Gekloppe mit fünf Levels definitiv zu kurz geraten ist. “Revenge of Shinobi“-erfahrene Videospieler dürften sich innerhalb kurzer Zeit bis zum letzten Endgegner durchgeprügelt haben. Actioneinsteigern ist das Modul jedoch wärmstens zu empfehlen: Sound und Grafik sind gelungen; der Aufbau der Levels ist originell und mit manchem versteckten Extraleben bestückt. Kann Shadow Dancer seinem Vorgänger auch nicht ganz das Wasser reichen, steht es in Sachen technischer Realisation und Spielbarkeit glänzend da: Laufen, Ducken, Schlagen, Springen, Schießen und den Hund Gassi führen sind dank der geschickten Belegung der drei Feuerknöpfe kein Problem.
75
Power Play
Mit "Shadow Dancer" leistete Sega ganze Arbeit: Grafik und Animation sind brillant und werden von fetzigen Soundeffekten hervorragend untermalt, die Handlung steckt voller Überraschungen und atmosphärischer Effekte; darüber hinaus bleibt die Spielbarkeit auch im hektischsten Gemetzel extrem hoch. Aber gerade diese Tatsache verschuldet, in Tateinheit mit einem durchgehend fairen Schwierigkeitsgrad, den einzigen Makel des Moduls: Profispieler werden ihren Kämpfer auf Easy oder Normal schnell zum Sieg geführt haben. Shadow Dancer ist mit 18 Kampf-, End- und Bonusrunden definitiv zu kurz - dafür braucht man sich nicht mit Frustsequenzen und Lückenfüller-Sprites herumzuärgern, Shadow Dancer bietet Spaß und Spannung vom Intro bis zur Endsequenz.
70
Retroage
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi nie jest z pewnością tytułem idealnym. Gra jest nieco krótka, a oprawa audiowizualna nie zachwyca niczym szczególnym. Z drugiej strony dzięki dodaniu postaci psa Yamato rozgrywka sporo zyskała w porównaniu z poprzednimi odsłonami serii. Również ciekawe rozwiązanie opcji poziomu trudności zasługuje na uwagę i pozwala zdecydowanie dłużej cieszyć się grą. Ogólnie tytuł ten jest całkiem solidnym przedstawicielem gier akcji na Segę Mega Drive i nie odstaje szczególnie od innych gier o shinobi.
63
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
The graphics are nothing outstanding and the sound consists of an okay tune with some so-so spot effects. The playability Is where things go completely to the wall, as it all seems to be a learning game (do something, get killed, then you know next time what's going to happen). The difficulty of the game itself leaps from easy to ultra-hard and back again, then leaps to nigh-on impossible on the last level! To sum up, this is a pretty sad conversion of a enjoyable coin-op - if you're desperate for a game of this ilk, you'd be better off going tor Revenge of Shinobi.